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Havre de Grace in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Nineteenth Century Travel

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
 
Nineteenth Century Travel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 3, 2013
1. Nineteenth Century Travel Marker
Inscription. Travelers on the Post Road, the main route of north/south travel, passed through Havre de Grace and crossed the Susquehanna River on a ferry to Perryville. The ferry was chartered in 1695 and remained in use until the first railroad bridge was built in 1866. Because of the ferries' importance to commerce, the British burned them during their 1813 attack on Havre de Grace.

"(The British) took, plundered, and burnt the small vessels passing from one shore of the bay to the other, belonging to individuals, and loaded entirely with private property. This was their uniform practice."
Jared Sparks,
Conflagration of Havre de Grace, 1817

Painting Caption
A Ferry Scene on the Susquehanna at Wright's Ferry near Havre de Grace, ca 1811 by Pavel Petrovich Svinin. Image The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Ferry launches were located just north and south of David Craig Park in Havre de Grace, and near Rodgers Tavern on the Perryville side of the river. When the first railroad bridge was built in 1866, it followed a route similar to what the ferries must have taken across the river.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 33.36′ N, 76° 
River Ferry image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 3, 2013
2. River Ferry
5.575′ W. Marker is in Havre de Grace, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker can be reached from Conesteo Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House. Marker is in this post office area: Havre de Grace MD 21078, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. How a Lock Works (within shouting distance of this marker); The Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lock House (approx. mile away); Susquehanna River Crossing (approx. mile away); Under Attack (approx. mile away); Susquehanna Lower Ferry (approx. mile away); Old Post Road: Susquehanna Lower Ferry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Matilda O'Neill Home (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Havre de Grace.
 
Categories. Roads & VehiclesWar of 1812Waterways & Vessels
 
Marker with Susquehanna River in background image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 3, 2013
3. Marker with Susquehanna River in background
Map of ferry crossing image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 3, 2013
4. Map of ferry crossing
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 4, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 4, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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